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Invisible Fence

I saw this while waiting for my daughter to get out of school.  I thought, “How sad.  To be able to see the world but not get to it.”  But we do this to ourselves all the time.  Who’s worse off, the dog with the invisible fence, or the human unwilling to find out where the boundaries are?

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/3200 sec.

High Wires

One thing I’ll never get over is how beautiful my city is.  No matter where I drive, walk, cycle (although that hasn’t happened in a while) there are always scenes that I want to photograph.  The cool thing about living within a twenty minute drive to a massive river and huge mountains and less than an hour from the Pacific Ocean is that the weather often plays havoc with the residents, but supplies the most amazing landscapes.

This is on the way to and from work.  It’s land that’s set aside for the massive power lines, but it gives some respite from the chock-a-block houses that have been characteristic of some of the most expensive real estate in North America.  Green space covered in Hydro lines.  Great.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/1600 sec.


I learned an important lesson early on in my marriage:  flowers are important, but not near as important as figuring out which flower was the flower.  My wife, Hilary, loves lilies.  She had Stargazers in her wedding bouquet, and she was drawn to a print of Diego Rivera’s “El Vendedor de Alcatraces”, that now hangs above our fireplace.

It’s one thing to buy flowers; it’s another to show up at the door with the flower.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 400; 1/180 sec.


This is what Easter Breakfast looks like at my church.  I love the community aspect of it.  Everyone brings baked goods and shares as a great big group, drinks coffee and sits around tables, most likely discussing what they are eating.  My favorite part of this?  Paska.  It’s a traditional Easter bread (originates in Ukraine – one of many places where Mennonites lived).

We’re not “traditional” Mennonites.  In fact, if you are familiar with Mennonites from Pennsylvania or Kansas or Indiana, you’d not recognize us at all.  The major tenets have been lost, except for the food.  Our entire culture is based around food.  Mennonites I know, who don’t attend church, don’t know what pacifism or anabaptism are, all know what paska and farmer sausage and perogies are.  They all line up to buy portzelky (deep fried raisin fritters sold in paper bags so that the grease has somewhere to go) at the annual MCC sale (Mennonite Central Committee – a missions organization).

I still hold with this, however: community matters.  Most of these people, awesome people, don’t know me well, but they’d help me if I needed it.  That’s amazing and appreciated.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; panorama merged in PS CS4.


Danger.  If you stand in this spot, you will be struck with lightning.


Danger.  Zeus is nearby and he’s feeling trigger-happy.


Danger.  When lightning hits, you must strike a dance pose.


What can you come up with?  BTW, this is from a sidewalk cover hatch for BC Hydro, our friendly, neighborhood power supply.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5; ISO 100; 1/200 sec.


This bloom is from a camellia that is growing in my backyard.  Whenever I see it blooming in Spring, I’m reminded of the girl who broke my wrist in 5th grade.  She was tall and gangly.  She was athletic and strong and did not break my wrist on purpose.  She pulled me off a low book shelf, where I was seated, and I landed on my wrist, so technically I broke my wrist, not her.  Then my teacher came in the classroom, my mom was called and I went to the hospital and had to have a needle shoved into my arm down to the bone to anesthetize it so the doctor could set it and cast it.  I got to have an A&W cheeseburger and fries that night.

Oh, and the girl, whose actions precipitated all of this, her name was Camellia.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


The force is strong with them.

My kids, the girl with the braid and the blond boy next to her, received their diplomas stating that their training as Jedi was complete.  I’m pretty sure I was giggling and wishing that I could have been up their with them.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f9; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


Oh, hi.  It’s been raining here a bit, and when it stops the rain leaves all of these little orphaned droplets behind.  Some of the plants in my front yard have been adopting these little orphans and displaying them in such a lovely way.

BTW, I’m feeling a bit silly this evening.  Hooray for weird.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/80 sec.


I was looking at the tulips in my front yard and this line by Gerard Manley Hopkins “sprang” to mind:

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing.


Hopkins was brilliant.  He could write amazing, inspirational lines expounding on the beauty of nature, and then descend into depressing, loathsome words running himself well into the ground for being less than a worm on a cosmic scale.  I love this guy.

Pentax K20D; Pentax M SMC 50mm; f1.7; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.

The Bubble

This is the view on my drive home from work.  I pass the “bubble” everyday, twice a day, and it is one of those landmarks that everyone who’s ever lived in Abbotsford still knows as “the orange bubble.”  What’s funny is that just this year the tennis club that owns the bubble replaced orange for white.  To add hilarity to this, people in Abbotsford had some sentimental attachment to this orange bubble and still speak fondly of it.

Weird people in my home town.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f40; ISO 100; 1/20 sec.

Hockey, in reflection

My school’s grads had lost a floor hockey tournament against the staff, so the grads challenged the staff to an ice hockey game, in the hope that they’d win and regain some honor.  Then the students lost, again.  Ha.  Ha.  Hahahahahahahaaa…

I shouldn’t find that so awesome, but I do.  Old guys win again.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f4; ISO 1600; 1/60 sec.


There’s a moment when I forget that I’m taking a picture of something that belongs to someone.

So I’m leaning out my driver’s side window and focusing on the wheel of this work van (yes, this belongs on the van of a landscaper). I take the photo and look up to find the owner of the vehicle staring at me.  I sheepishly smile and nod my head, compliment his van and hope that I’ve suddenly become invisible.  I love feeling like a total dork while doing something I love.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f8; ISO 100; 1/25 sec.


Two days ago Ben, my son, demanded to speak to me on the cell phone.  During our talk, he informed me that he wanted to play chess with me.  When I got home Ben tells me that he has no idea how to play, but that we’ll learn together.  We played, and I won.  I’m competitive and I love my son but he’s six and I’m not letting him beat me – yeah, I’m petty that way.  I managed to snap a few photos along the way.

Lucky me, in so many ways.

Pentax K20D; Pentax SMC M 50mm; f1.7; ISO 200; 1/320 sec.

Graffiti Red Man

One of my favorite places in Abbotsford.  I’ve never felt the proper indignation that is expected of a contributing member of society at the art that’s painted on public space.  True, I’m not a fan of spray-painting the wall of my school or city hall, but I appreciate a good bit of skill shown off on the right “canvas.”

This is not tagging.  This is not vandalism.  This is art.

Let me know what you think.  Is this art?

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5; ISO 400; 1/60 sec.

Lego: just hangin’ around

We had gotten up at 4:00 am to get to the plane on time, spent a couple of hours flying, a couple of hours waiting for luggage and then in transportation to the hotel.  We had packed our luggage into the hotel and then had a few hours to kill.  I thought my kids were going to falter, spaz out, start crying uncontrollably.

While killing time, we traveled to “Downtown Disney.”  My children, who minutes earlier were begging to be carried and asking when we could go to the hotel to lie down, started dancing to the soundtrack of my wife’s life (think ’80’s and ’90’s top 40).

Ben, who begs to be carried and to go home at the best of times, saw the Lego Store in the offing and broke into a sprint.  I thought of calling after him.  Instead, I broke into a sprint as well, and tried to beat him to the store.  Childlike excitement, 1; maturity, 0.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f6.3; ISO 100; 1/125 sec.

Rugby scrum

This is a scrum.  In a scrum, a number of very strong guys lock arms, heads, and shoulders and push against each other in order to control which team gets the ball.

I don’t get it either.

It was an entertaining game to watch.  It was also disappointing.  Our team lost.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm; f11; ISO 100; 1/160 sec.


I can’t believe I get to see Vader.  The real Vader.  Darth Vader.  The Darth Va…what?  He’s not the real Vader?  But…(sob), but…

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f6.3; ISO 100; 1/125 sec.


I love Spring flowers.  They burst out of the ground, live a shameless few days, maybe a week or two and then perish.  If I enjoy a few days in my lifetime as glorious as the life of a flower I’ll be pretty happy.

Pentax K20D; Sigma 70-210mm + extension tube; f?; ISO 100; 1/10 sec.; LED flashlight used for lighting

Elegance and practicality

Can’t think.  Stupid daylight savings.  Must sleep.  Must post.  Post photo of open duct work and crystal chandelier.  Okay.  Good.  Done.


Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f4.5; ISO 400; 1/200 sec.


Hannah’s birthday was on Saturday, and she chose to go, for lunch, to TracyCakes, this little wonderful cupcake place in Abbotsford.  I know it looks like she’s thinking this, but TracyCakes has this beautiful sign, along with many others, on the wall behind the chair in which Hannah was sitting.  I merely took the photo.

Happy 9th, Hannah.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 800; 1/20 sec.; B&W in PS, CS4

Walt, Mickey and Sleeping Beauty

I feel like I should work for Disney’s marketing branch.  These are the three icons from the main square in Disneyland.  Walt, Mickey, and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.  I understand that from 2001 to 2008 Disneyland had shut the doors on the castle, but it’s up and touring now.

I got to this point in the park and felt like a six year old.  All of those Sunday nights watching The Wonderful World of Disney as a kid came washing over me.  I remember watching Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland and Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Mary Poppins.  At the beginning and end of the show, Tinkerbell would fly right over the castle here, wave her wand and the show would start (or end).  Aah, nostalgia.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f9; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.


Disneyland has an attraction called “Jedi Training Academy.”  Both of my children were called up, along with a couple dozen more, to the stage, given Jedi robes and lightsabers and taught to fight like Jedi.

I liked this attraction.  Actually, I loved this attraction.  After the kids have been trained, the Imperial Death March starts up and two stormtroopers (above) run down the aisle and onto the stage.  The stage floor starts rising and Darths Vader and Maul jump out and duel with every one of the Jedi trainees.

I, overcome with emotion and joy, leaned over to my wife and quietly exclaimed, “I think I just peed myself a little.”

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 100; 1/250 sec.

California Panorama

You’re going to want to click on the picture to see it in a larger size.  This is three photos stitched into one panoramic shot of the entrance to California Adventure.  It doesn’t evoke the same nostalgic feelings as the Disney entrance, but it is impressive.

This entrance is directly across a huge plaza from the entrance to Disneyland.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; panorama in PhotoShop, CS4

Flying Cookies

I loved the attention to detail that is on exhibition at the Disney parks.  My wife and son took a ride in a box of animal cookies, while I photographed them from a container of apple sauce.  We were separated by a chinese takeout box.

I don’t know that I’ll ever write that sentence again.

Pentax K20D; Pentax DA 18-55mm AL II; f5.6; ISO 400; 1/30 sec.